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BWR Survival Camp Gears Up For Year Two


By Neil Shirley

Getting to spend a weekend riding a bunch of miles and mixing in some dirt along the way is pretty much an ideal way to spend a couple of days in my book. So when Adam Mills of Source Endurance asked if I wanted to be a ride leader for the BWR Survival Camp that’s designed around the now infamous Belgian Waffle Ride in San Diego County, I jumped at the opportunity! Running from January 27-29 the camp will take in the entire BWR route and provide riders all the guidance and information needed to make the Belgian Waffle Ride a success.


The BWR Survival Camp will give riders the opportunity to ride the entire BWR route over two days. Photo: DMunsonPhoto.com

The camp is designed around giving riders the tools and confidence to succeed in getting through the Belgian Waffle Ride and its over-the-top hard course that’s now become a thing of lore for the 1000+ riders that toe the start line each year. It’s not just the distance that makes BWR such a challenge, it’s also the 40 miles of dirt sections that vary between graded roads, tight single track, and even rock gardens.


Michael Marckx dreamt up the BWR and will be on hand at the camp as one of the ride leaders. Photo: DMunsonPhoto.com

For the BWR Survival Camp, Mills has created an event that combines course scouting with delivering training and fueling knowledge for a successful day when the Belgian Waffle Ride rolls on May 21st. Rost-ride power analysis and presentations during the camp will provide a clear picture on how to prepare leading up to the event. Casey Cohenmeyer was at last year’s camp and said, “I remember discussing the ‘brain bonk’ that can happen late in this kind of ride, and that wasn’t really something I had considered happening. I definitely changed my nutrition planning based on these discussions and ended up keeping my wits about me the whole 146 miles”.


Good times are sure to be had on and off the bike. Photo: DMunsonPhoto.com

Out on the bike, BWR founder Michael Marckx, Phil Tinstman, Janel Holcomb, Adam Mills and I will act as ride leaders to provide riding tips for the technical sections of the course so everyone can have confidence in their abilities when their road bike leaves the pavement. Marckx, Tinstman and I have completed all five of the previous BWRs and have two wins and a number of top-3 finishes between us. Holcomb has a wealth of knowledge from her years as one of the top US professional racers and more recently, as a Mavic Ambassador. Mills of Source Endurance has a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and his Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology and coaches a number of top pro racers and endurance riders.


A mechanic will take care of the cleaning and maintaining of the bikes after each day. Photo: DMunsonPhoto.com

“The most intimidating part of BWR is definitely the dirt, especially the more technical and rocky sections, plus the sheer distance and time is a little hard to wrap one’s head around”, said Cohenmeyer. She continued, “Camp last year absolutely helped me! I’ll be doing the camp again this year and figure there’s always more to learn and experience!”


Getting to the top of Black Canyon is a difficult undertaking, and considering it’s the furthermost point of the course, ensuring your training and fueling is dialed will be crucial to getting through the BWR. Photo: DMunsonPhoto.com


  • January 27-29, 2017
  • San Marcos, California
  • Price: $700, early bird pricing of $625 until November 14th (lodging not included)
  • Early bird camp registrants receive a BWR Survival Camp jersey
  • Gift bags from Hutchinson, Lost Abbey, Source Endurance, WD-40 Bike, Chamois Buttr and Monster Media Racing
  • Entry into the Belgian Waffle Ride on May 21st
  • Preferred start position at BWR
  • Discounted individual coaching 7 months for the price of 6 (new clients only)

Coach Adam Mills will be doing post-ride power analysis and evening presentations on how to train for something as challenging as the BWR. Photo: DMunsonPhoto.com

For more information go to BWR Survival Camp


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